Health Matters

Health Matters, produced locally by Red River Radio, airs Thursdays at 6 p.m. The producer is Ranae Moran. Hosts of Health Matters include Dr. Randall Brewer, Dr. Sanford Katz, and Red River Radio General Manager Kermit Poling. Psychologist Dr. Mark Vigen and licensed counselor Shelley Visconte host the Mental Health Edition of Health Matters the last Thursday of each month. Health Matters features guest physicians and health care specialists joining our hosts to bring you up-to-date information on topics that affect your health.  Listeners are provided the opportunity to call in with questions or comments during the show at 1-800-552-8502 or tweet a question via Twitter @rrrpublicradio.

Health Matters is currently supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Louisiana and The Gables at Spring Lake, Gamble Guest Care’s assisted living community. 

Health Matters Disclaimer:
Health Matters is a program for informational purposes only. Consult your physician or health care provider for all health concerns. The opinions expressed on Health Matters are those of the individual guests and callers and do not represent the views of Red River Radio or LSUS. Health Matters is part of Red River Radio's Community Connections series of outreach programs. Guests on Health Matters are not compensated and are selected by relevance to the topic.  No fees are charged for participation in Health Matters.

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Airs Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 6 p.m. Alzheimer's is the leading cause of dementia in the U.S with 5.8 million people living with the disease. Numbers are expected to rise. Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. for Health Matters. Our host, Dr. Patrick Lavo, will be joined by Dr.

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Airs Thursday, October 31, 2019, at 6 p.m. Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition. Dr. Shelley Visconte hosts this pre-recorded discussion on addiction and recovery with Kit Gamble and team members from the Lincoln Nova Vital Recovery Center in Ruston, La.

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Airs Thursday, October 3, 2019, at 6 p.m. Headache, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound can all be symptoms of migraine. Tune in Thursday for Health Matters to learn about migraines and other headaches. Our host, Dr. Sanford Katz, will be joined by headache specialist Dr. Debra Davis, pain specialist Dr. Randall Brewer and neurosurgeon Dr. Jessica Wilden. This is a repeat broadcast and no phone calls will be taken..

Neurologist Dr. Debra Davis is Professor of Clinical Neurology specializing in headaches at LSU Health Shreveport. Neurologist Dr. Randall Brewer specializes in pain management at River Cities Interventional Pain Specialists, associated with the Willis-Knighton Physician Network; and Dr. Jessica Wilden, neurosurgeon, is the Director of Tri-State Neurosurgery, associated with the Willis-Knighton Physician Network.

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Airs Thursday, September 26, 2019, at 6 p.m. Health Matters: Mental Health Edition. When is restlessness or inability to pay attention a disorder? Our host, Dr. Shelley Visconte, psychologist, counselor, and marriage and family therapist, will talk about ADHD with Licensed Professional Counselors Kathryn Costello and Devin Faircloth and graduate student ChiChi Zhang.

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Airs Thursday, September 19, 2019, at 6 p.m. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Our host, Dr. Patrick Lavo, will discuss head trauma with Dr. Jennifer Kosty, Assistant Professor and Director of Skull Base Research Department of Neurosurgery at LSU Health Shreveport, and Jonathan Ford, Sports Director at the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.